Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Pictured is Versailles Big Buddy mentor: Breanna Nieport, daughter of Tony & Cheryl Nieport with her Little Sister, Averi Ahrns, daughter of Karl & Tyanna Ahrns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to accept a grant from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust to assist with funding for supplies for this year’s Social Emotional Learning curriculum in their after-school Big Buddies programs at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools.  The Big Buddies mentoring program allows high school volunteers to meet two times per month with elementary students to offer activities which are planned and supervised by agency staff.  Each high school student is assigned to work with one or two children throughout the nine-month program.  

Children enrolled in the program are provided with positive role models who offer guidance, support, and life-enhancing activities.  Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is for all children to achieve success in life.  Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.  By partnering with parent/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers.  Their Bowl for Kids Sake event is quickly approaching in March and sponsors and bowlers are needed to help make this event a success.   If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.  

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